Earth Sciences Undergraduate


Students can collaborate with professors in exciting research projects.

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Study our planet in a time of global change, increasing demand for resources and a fragile environment.

Beginning in fall 2018, we will blend our earth sciences major into a more interdisciplinary specialization within the university’s sustainability program. You’ll continue to receive the renowned training, opportunities and mentorships you would in the earth sciences program with additional study and experiences in sustainability and the environment.

While we will no longer offer earth sciences as a major for new students starting fall 2017, our new program will bring you the best of many disciplines to prepare you for your career in the earth sciences, environmental science or sustainability.

To begin your studies as a major in this dynamic and growing field, view the opportunities available to you now in our sustainability program.


Earth Sciences: Bachelor of Science

A solid foundation in geology, with additional coursework in meteorology and oceanography prepares students for a career in a wide range of employment sectors.

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Earth Sciences: B.S. with Secondary Education Certification

For a teaching major in Earth sciences, complete the Earth sciences degree along with the appropriate teaching certification courses.

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Four-Year Program Guides

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Juniors and seniors can intern on faculty research projects or with the Geological Survey for credit and pay.

  • Join faculty led field trips to New Mexico, parts of Colorado and west Texas, visiting diverse geologic sites in the deserts and mountains of the Southwest.

  • A student organization active in organizing meetings, field trips and other fun activities.

After Graduation

Our graduates possess the knowledge and skills to find solutions to issues related to the earth and its limited resources. Earth sciences graduates go on to work in the following professions.

Potential Careers
Recent Employers
Environmental Scientist South Dakota Geological Survey
Consulting Geologist PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.
Environmental Services Analyst City of Sioux City, Iowa
Geologist, Minerals and Mining Program South Dakota Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources
Oil and Gas Program Manager Idaho Department of Lands

Success Stories

Success Stories

Allow yourself to have an open dialogue with your professors and advisors and be honest with them, then there is no way that you can't succeed. Wes Christensen, 2008 Graduate